Saturday, November 22, 2008

Season 10 Draft Recap - Syracuse through Wichita

Ron Scalici
Age: 21B/T: R/R
Born: Springfield, MO
Position(s): C
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Syracuse Beagles
--The Beagles used the #22 pick to take C Ron Scalici. Scalici can hit the ball well vs. lefties, and has a good batting eye and some pop. His fielding skills are a little on the low end for a ML catcher, but he is durable enough to play every day. 2nd round pick RP Freddie Harper is a borderline prospect who might make the ML, with 3rd round pick P Aaron Webster actually looking like more of a ML prospect with better pitches and splits. The rest of the Beagles draft doesn't contain any potential major leaguers.
Grade: C

Darren Howry
Jerry Gang
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Richmond, CA
Position(s): P (SP2)
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Tacoma Jerry Gang
--Tacoma used the #7 pick on SP Darren Howry, a future ace with all of the skills needed to be a #1 starter. Boasting impeccable control, lights out splits vs. right handed hitting, and 3 pitches projected above 80, Howry was a very nice pick at #7 in the draft. 2nd round pick 2B Jay Jackson has ML quality hitting skills, and should make the majors as well. The next three picks by Tacoma were all shortstops who have ML quality gloves but serious hitting issues. They could make the bigs as backups, but with bats like theirs will never start.
Grade: B

Gary Evans
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Clifton, AZ
Position(s): P (SP2)
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Toledo Tsunamis
--Picking at #9 in the draft, Toledo bulked up their pitching with the selection of SP Gary Evans. Not elite in any one category, Evans is above average in all pitching skills and shows no real weakness. He should definitely make the bigs, but probably will not be anything higher than a #3 starter. Still, he was a safe pick in a horrible draft class. 2nd round pick LF Milt Alexander's ability to hit lefties could propel him to the majors, but no-one else in the Tsunamis draft really has potential to make a dent in the big leagues.
Grade: C

Paulie Gilbert
Blue Jays
Age: 21B/T: S/R
Born: Wautoma, WI
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Toronto Blue Jays
--The Blue Jays scored a dramatic increase over last years draft by actually signing first round pick SP Paulie Gilbert at #4 overall. Gilbert has all the tools necessary to be a top of the rotation starter with tremendous stamina, control, velocity, pitch selection, and great splits. If he fully develops he has the potential to throw a complete game with every start, which is a major plus for this franchise. The rest of the Blue Jays draft wasn't as successful however, bringing in pitchers to bulk up the minor leagues and role players for the bench.
Grade: C

Les Ingram
Age: 18B/T: S/L
Born: Crowville, LA
Position(s): P (SP1)
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Vancouver Grizzlies
--The Grizzlies used the #17 pick in the draft on SP Les Ingram. The crafty lefty shows superior control and splits vs. left handed hitting, but is only average against right handers. His pitch selection is excellent, and he doesn't give up many fly balls. This was a pretty nice pick at this point in the draft. 2nd round pick C Ron Randall was the best defensive catcher in a weak draft for the position. The remainder of Vancouver's draft was used on role players for their minor league teams, with no other ML prospects on the list.
Grade: B-

Rod Castillo
Age: 18B/T: R/R
Born: Wheeling, IL
Position(s): 3B/RF
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Wichita Wankers
--The Wankers picked 3B Rod Castillo with the 29th overall pick, a skilled hitter vs. lefties with good durability and fielding skills. Supplemental pick SP Javier DeSoto was a bust, as he doesn't have the splits necessary to make an impact in the majors. But supplemental picks 2b Fred Hodges and SS Andrew Weaver both have the skills necessary to make the majors at some point. The Wankers 2nd through 4th round picks brought in some borderline prospects who might be able to make the majors if they catch a lucky break, but the same can't be said of 5th round pick P Bernie Gil, who is strictly minor league material. Overall the Wankers have to be disappointed with the talent in the draft in a season they had so many picks, as this wasn't the best draft they could have had.
Grade: C

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